NEW CHAIRS TO LEAD KEY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES
Each of the two committees with jurisdiction over most long term care issues will have new leadership this session.
The Senate Health & Human Services Committee will now be chaired by Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham). Kolkhorst is now in her third session in the Senate after serving seven sessions in the House, where she chaired the Public Health Committee. She was named as a THCA Champion of Long Term Care following the 2015 Legislative Session.
She replaces Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), who chaired the committee since 2014.
In the House, new Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) has appointed Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls) as Human Services Committee Chair. Frank served as Vice-Chair of the Committee during the last legislative session. He takes over for Rep. Richard Pena Raymond (D-Laredo) who chaired the committee for the past four sessions.
Here is the rest of the membership of each committee:
Senate Health & Human Services
Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock ), Vice Chair
Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway)
Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels)
Sen. Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton)
Sen. Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas)
Sen. Borris Miles (D-Houston)
Sen. Beverly Powell (D-Burleson)
Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo